After sanding the walls and beams, we focused on adding more light in the room. The house was built in the 70s before canned lighting in the ceilings was common. We had one switch that controlled a couple of ceiling lights that looked like they’d been added after the original build. But they were right in front of the fireplace and didn’t do anything for the room. The only other switch controlled outlets so you could plug in lamps.
We knew the original wiring was old, we also knew there had been some additional wiring had been installed.
We decided the best and safest plan was to rip out the existing sheetrock and run new wiring.
This was not an easy decision to make. There was nothing wrong with the existing sheetrock.
Ripping out sheetrock isn’t difficult.
Mudding and sanding new sheetrock isn’t terribly difficult.
But it is terribly messy. And it is terribly dusty.
But rip out we did.
And while we were in the rip out phase, we went ahead and ripped out the wall that separated the kitchen from the family room. Follow this link to see more pre-demo pictures of the space.
We’ll tell you about the unexpected “opportunity” we encountered during our demo in our next post.
Did I mention that we’re living in this home while we’re renovating it? Did I mention that we renovate at night after work. And on weekends. And that because we have such limited time it moves slowly. Did I also mention it’s dusty? Really dusty.
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